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About meI have been collecting books all my life. Started witn the Ace paperback Edgar Rice Burroughs series. Finished my paper route, cut the neighbors grass, went to the variety store, gave him .35, .40 cents, and took my treasures home. Still got 'em. (along with every Country Joe and the Fish album.) The kids panic when I tell them, someday this will all be yours.

Started my first job as a page for The Cleveland Public Library. Fell in love with the place. Used to take my lunch and breaks up in the stacks. Row after row of old and sometime forgotten books. It was like being in a special church. I still remember the sights, the smells and how quiet it was.
I wish now that I had gone to college to study literature but life happened and I didn't. I'm not complaining, just wish I had more formal education.
I'm an aging vegan hippie who lives with my wife, two rescue dogs, four rescue cats , one rooster and four hens. We now have two miniature donkeys, Maggie, the mother and her baby Paddy, born on St. Patrick day in 2010. We added two more miniatures. Rose and her baby Georgia who was born on June 17,2010. I live in a log home in the middle of forty acres in a very rural area. I left the city behind.
Time to update....I moved from Ohio to Panama City Beach Florida. I can sit on my porch and see The Gulf of Mexico. Still like my books, so that hasn't change.

I'm running out of space to put books! If only my wife would get rid of her royal doulton collection, I could put a nice set of Sir Walter Scott in their place.

About my libraryLove Victorian Literature, 18th century literature, all types of literature. Read a lot of mysteries, and really like discovering new mystery authors.

GroupsMyPeopleConnection Book Clubs, The Brontës, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night, Victoriana, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsWilliam Harrison Ainsworth, Honoré de Balzac, Louis Bayard, Aphra Behn, R .D. Blackmore, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anne Brontë, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Fanny Burney, Edgar Rice Burroughs, George C. Chesbro, Wilkie Collins, James Fenimore Cooper, F. G. Cottam, Michael Cox, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexandre Dumas, Maria Edgeworth, R. J. Ellory, Thomas Emson, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry Fielding, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gissing, Maxim Gorki, H. Rider Haggard, Arnaldur Indriðason, Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb, Richard Laymon, Eliza Lynn Linton, Florence Marryat, Charles Robert Maturin, Robert McCammon, Bertram Mitford, Richard Montanari, Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Theodore Odrach, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Joyce Porter, Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Ann Radcliffe, Sarah Rayne, Charles Reade, Clara Reeve, George W.M. Reynolds, Samuel Richardson, John Ridley, Rafael Sabatini, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Karin Slaughter, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Bram Stoker, R.S. Surtees, William Makepeace Thackeray, Leo Tolstoy, Nigel G. Tranter, Anthony Trollope, Frances Trollope, Elaine Viets, R. D. Wingfield, Mrs. Henry Wood, P. C. Wren, Charlotte M. Yonge, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingArctic Chill: A Thriller (Reykjavik Thriller) by Arnaldur Indridason
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As it happens it was also a Valancourt title - the Weird of Deadly Hollow...
hey bob -- i was just passing by yr library [happened to be ordering a book you gave a good review to] so i thought i'd take the opportunity to wish you and yrs a happy and safe holiday season... -bill
Hi Bob,

I hope all is well. You might enjoy reading my new collection of short stories, SMOKING ON MOUNT RUSHMORE, out now as a Kindle release. It includes 16 of my selected stories from the past decade of my writing. All but three stories have been previously published. Many are crime stories, a few soft-boiled and others more hardboiled. Please consider adding SMOKING ON MOUNT RUSHMORE to your reading list. Thank you for your contiuned interest in my fiction. Best, Ed Lynskey
I hope you enjoy it! I loved every page (all 1200) of it! :)
Hi Bob! Thanks so much for the compliment! Have a great day!
As I think I mentioned, I have been called far worse.
I'm not familiar with Ainsworth, but I will check him out! I just finished Marguerite de Valois earlier this month and I enjoyed it.
Hi, Bob -- I see you gave Chicot the Jester five stars. I've been reading a lot of Dumas over the years, but I have not read this one. So you would rate it as good as Count of Monte Cristo, Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, etc.? I'm encouraged to hear that -- I may have to add this one to my TBR list! All my best, Regards, Betelgeuse.
Hi Bob,

I hope all is well in your part of the world. Mild winter here. Well, I have a new crime noir, ASK THE DICE, out now in Kindle and Nook. It's gotten good marks from readers and critics alike. I'll paste in the description below. Thanks for your continued interest in my fiction. I really appreciate it!

Best regards,

Ed Lynskey

Cover description for ASK THE DICE:

Over the past two decades, Tommy Mack Zane has faithfully worked as a contract killer for Watson Ogg, the Washington, D.C. crime boss. Now middle age creeping up finds Tommy Mack edgy, jaded, and weary of his grisly trade. As he contemplates retirement, he is framed for the murder of Mr. Ogg’s niece. Desperate, Tommy Mack enlists the aid of his friends, the mercurial D. Noble and burly Esquire to do battle with Mr. Ogg and his mercenary “dark suits.” A new, better life filled with his passions for poetry and jazz drives Tommy Mack to the slambang climax where a few dark secrets about his past are unearthed
Hi Bob, thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I have done the same with your library. I see we have almost 400 books in common, so I guess we have very similar reading taste. I am looking forward to reading "Nemesis" in the new year, as I think Jo Nesbo is an author I will be following for some time. I have made note of the Joyce Porter "Dover" series and will keep an eye out for them. There is a little bookshop that I get to go to when I visit my family on Vancouver Island, and they specialize in classic mysteries, especially British ones, I may find some Joyce Porter there.

Happy reading,

Thanks a lot,Bob, for the footwork. Well, those guys were once well-known authors, and I actually have a fair amount of info on two of the three, but I was afraid that the Facts on File bibliographies might be more canonical-selective than I was hoping -- and alas tis true.

This (google book preview: is more the kind of thing I'm looking for -- much more comprehensive, but it covers only the latter bits of (for example) my three test cases. I want something that runs 1850-1950 or so and the Facts on File had nice range of dates but too narrow a selection. I'll have to try to find out more about the Lyle Wright bibliographies of American fiction though they end at 1900 -- I guess the Smith would be supplemental to them...
Hi bjbookman -- I wonder if I might ask you a favor... I see you have a copy of the Facts on File Bibliography of American Fiction 1866-1918 by James Nagel. I'm thinking of acquiring a copy but can't find any information online about how comprehensive-vs-selective it is. Would you be willing to tell me if it has listings for, for instance, Edgar Saltus? Julian Hawthorne? Henry Blake Fuller? If yes, it's what I want; if not, not. And your miniature donkeys are just beautiful! - Bill/Crypto-Willobie
They've moved over to e-books, so *in theory* they are still putting out the same amount of books. I'm not yetconvined that e-publishing is going to be the electronic wonderland we hear it will be.

I think the Kindle and other e-ink readers are admirable. But I don't see myself buying one any time soon.
Hey man, sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your message. I got an email about the Dorchester book clubs just today. They are killing them. No big shock there. What's funny is they say they are cancelling them effective April 2011. Only six months late, right?
I also have a set of Sir Walter Scott that I got at a used book store for $25.00 or $40.00, but it's very small with extremely thin pages. It is published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, date unknown, and each volume is about 3 1/2" by 5". Many years before finding this set, I had already read Old Mortality in a different edition. I have yet to read a second novel by Sir Walter Scott, but it is not from lack of a complete set. But it is not competing with a set of Royal Doulton China, because the heirloom set of china is hidden in the cupboard high on top of the fridge that is barred behind a stack of cookbooks sitting on the front of the fridge. Plus teenagers break all of my dishes. Each new dish from the dollar store lasts about 3 to 8 months. Especially when they start putting them in the microwave.
On your profile, your description of buying books when you were young reminds me of how I felt having the privilege of acquiring a book. The good part is that 40 years later, the feeling hasn't abated one bit. They can lock me in the library and throw away the key. I wished I had pursued a career somewhere in a library as a younger person. Now I am stuck in one job area--at least for the moment. I had a chance to work as a page for 3 months, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Hope you had a great Christmas. I don't know if you saw the sad news that Joseph-Beth is closing - I think there are three days left before the doors close forever. I am torn between wanting to go buy books and being heartbroken over losing such a great resource. I mean, I can buy books anywhere, but the author visits and other things they sponsored? Those are irreplaceable.

My reading goal for next year is to read more books I want and fewer books I've agreed to read. I got overwhelmed and burned out on the website for a while, being overwhelmed with review copies. I need to be more discriminating in what I request, so I don't start hating the whole idea.

Have a great New Year!

Gee, he gets around, doesn't he!
I'll look out for it. Thanks for the heads up!
all the best
I'm pretty sure Pinnacle has stopped publishing horror altogether, haven't they?

I'm nervous about trying any higher priced horror club. The reason Leisure was such a deal was that they offered discounts on already low cost mass-market paperbacks. It was no big deal to throw the money away every once in a while on a lousy Bryan Smith novel or some other writer I was pretty sure I wouldn't care for. And hey, my five bucks was supporting a writer, even if I didn't like his/her stuff.

But doubling that cost (which is what they would have to do for trade paperbacks), the cost is a bigger issue.

Hey, have you ever checked out the LibraryThing group Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night? That one and King's Dear Constant Readers seem to be the most active horror groups.
Hey Bob. I'm as baffled as everyone else. Here's a link to Leisure's own horror forum. Check out the thread called 'What in the World?!'

I had just assumed I would not receive anything from them any longer. Looks like we will actually have to call them to cancel.
hi Bob,
I'm looking out for The Three Muskateers. I think it will take some time to arrive in the bookstores here. But all good things are worth waiting for!
all the best,
Excellent - I hope you enjoy it - I thought it was a brillaint read.
Thanks for dropping by my profile Bob! I love those owls, they've been here outside our shop again today and it's like I'm constantly being drawn outside to see them! And the Dumas was just wonderful, definitely my favourite book this year so far...
They've done a translation of three muskateers? Oh I have to read that! They should do Balzac as well, Balzac needs a really good modern translator.
Have you read James Falen's translation of Eugene Onegin? It's brilliant.
I read the Rosemary Edmonds translation of War and Peace, and have the Anthony Briggs, but not read it yet. I would like to get the P&V and compare.

Who is your favourite translator of Pushkin?

And my friend Mac is asking me about the best translation of Gogol's plays. Any suggestions?
Best wishes,
I've been devouring all the Pevear and Volokhonsky translations of Dostoevsky. They are excellent (of course, I don't read Russian, so perhaps my opinion doesn't count) but P&V really catch well all the wild swerves of tone and style that D uses. I haven't read their translations of Tolstoy...yet. They also did an excellent job with Gogol. I think they are great.

hope that helps.

Hi Bob
Thanks for the message. I have a great enthusiasm for R.J.Ellory's books and am always pleased to pass on any information on the way.
All of his books are stand-alone stories and are all very different.(apart that is from them all having violent killers inhabit the page of course) You may be interested in his first book,which in addition to those that I mentioned in my review is a real cracker. It is entitled 'Candlemoth' and I believe that you will enjoy that too.
All the best

Things up north are good. I'm traveling a lot for work - 3 weeks or so a month - which makes for a lot of reading. I'm flattered that you've been reading the reviews! I don't always get them posted here on time, but keeping up the website has been great fun and brought me tons of books!

You are becoming quite the farmer! Since I'm stuck in Los Angeles for the next few weeks, I envy you the quiet and the open space.

Take care!

Thank you for your interest in my library.

It pales in comparison with your huge collection, though! I am particularly enjoying browsing through your Russian titles. You have several books I have been lusting after...

Your Victorian literature collection is also awesome!

I hope the pole barn is not damp?
Hi Bob,

I have read at least one of the Joyce Porter books with pleasure. Like yourself ,I particularly like mysteries. Thanks for the interest in my library. I also in running out of space for books. That cupboard space with the fancy china would be useful, but my wife does not quite share my enthusiasm for books.

Hi Bob,

About "The Birthing House"...

For a horror novel, in my opinion, this is about as bad as it gets. Full of over used cliches and whatever the mystery the house holds, the author discards them at a whim. Instead, there are tons of gratuitous sex scenes and a whole lot of dumb characters that do the most unnatural things.

Honestly, I will be surprised if a read a worst book this year, or better yet, decade.

I just take it to heart when a horrible horror novel squeaks into mass publication. Any new reader that has the littlest interest in horror fiction, and picks this up for their first try, will never pick up a horror novel again. It is disappointing when there are many good stories out there that would actually contribute to this field positively, and many will unlikely get this mass publication exposure.

Oh, well. I am actually reading an oldie by Graham Masterton called "The House That Jack Built" and it is a much better haunted house story. Read that one yet?
Hi Bob, sorry for the trouble -- I have no idea what is taking Amazon so long to post the book for sale. I've been checking daily to see if they've got it up and as soon as they do, I'll switch the B&N link to Amazon's. I don't know how much trouble it is to order from B&N, but nobody's doing it so far, so it must be a pain in the neck.

Hello Bob, thanks for your comment about my review of The Birthing House, sorry you suffered through a bad book too.

Good luck getting rid of the Royal Doulton.

Jody :-)
Hello Bob,
Delighted to hear from you and to read your profile page.
The books of W.J.Burley make entertaining reading but have been done a bad turn by the television series I feel.
I have recently completed 'The Prime Minister' by Anthony Trollope. It has taken me some time and has not been an easy read.However it was well worth the effort in the end.I have now only to read the 'The Duke's Children',the final book in this series. I have enjoyed 'The Eustace Diamonds' and 'Phineas Redux' most.
You say on your profile page that you would welcome titles in the mystery and classics genres. If you still do,then please let me know and I will see what I can come up with.
All the best.
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